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The Old Grey Whistle Test
The Old Grey Whistle Test
Label (Cat #): BBC Worldwide (BBCDVD 1073)
Format: 2xDVD
Country: UK
Release date (Original year): 2001 (2001)
Disc 1:
01.01- Opening sequence
01.02- Bob Harris talk
01.03- Alice Cooper: Under My Wheels [1971]
01.04- Elton John: Tiny Dancer [1971]
01.05- Richard Williams talk
01.06- Curtis Mayfield: We Gotta Have Peace [1972]
01.07- David Hepworth talk
01.08- Randy Newman: Political Science [1972]
01.09- Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge: Help Me Make It Through The Night [1972]
01.10- Richard Williams talk
01.11- Bill Withers: Ain't No Sunshine [1972]
01.12- Bob Harris talk
01.13- Focus: Sylvia / Hocus Pocus [1972]
01.14- Mark Ellen talk
01.15- Rory Gallagher: Hands Off [1973]
01.16- Richard Williams talk
01.17- John Martyn: May You Never [1973]
01.18- Mark Ellen and David Hepworth talk
01.19- The Wailers: Stir It Up [1973]
01.20- Richard Williams talk
01.21- Roxy Music: Do The Strand [1973]
01.22- The Edgar Winter Group: Frankenstein [1973]
01.23- New York Dolls: Jet Boy [1973]
01.24- David Hepworth talk
01.25- Tim Buckley: Dolphins [1974]
01.26- Mark Ellen and David Hepworth talk
01.27- Captain Beefheart: Upon The My O My [1974]
01.28- Andy Kershaw talk
01.29- Little Feat: Rock 'N' Roll Doctor [1975]
01.30- Mark Ellen and David Hepworth talk
01.31- Dr Feelgood: Roxette [1975]
01.32- Bob Harris talk
01.33- John Lennon: Stand By Me [1975]
01.34- The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Give My Compliments To The Chef [1975]
01.35- Lynyrd Skynyrd: Freebird [1975]
01.36- Bob Harris talk
01.37- Emmylou Harris: Amarillo [1976]
01.38- Bob Harris talk
01.39- Bonnie Raitt: Too Long At The Fair [1976]
01.40- Richard Williams talk
01.41- Tom Waits: Tom Traubert's Blues [1977]
01.42- Otway & Barrett: Really Free [1977]
56.01- Elton John and Bernie Taupin interview with Richard Williams
57.01- Robert Plant interview with Bob Harris
58.01- John Lennon interview with Bob Harris
59.01- Mick Jagger interview with Richard Williams
60.01- Kieth Richards interview with Bob Harris

Disc 2:
01.01- Opening sequence
01.02- Andy Kershaw talk
01.03- Talking Heads: Psycho Killer [1978]
01.04- Mark Ellen talk
01.05- XTC: Statue Of Liberty [1978]
01.06- Blondie: (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear [1978]
01.07- Val Doonican & Charlie McCoy: Stone Fox Chase [1978]
01.08- Meatloaf: Paradise By The Dashboard Light [1978]
01.09- Andy Kershaw talk
01.10- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: American Girl [1978]
01.11- Annie Nightingale talk
01.12- The Police: Can't Stand Losing You [1978]
01.13- Andy Kershaw talk
01.14- Bruce Springsteen: Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) [1979]
01.15- Iggy Pop: I'm Bored [1979]
01.16- Annie Nightingale talk
01.17- Tubeway Army: Are 'Friends' Electric? [1979]
01.18- Mark Ellen talk
01.19- The Specials: Message To You Rudi [1979]
01.20- Annie Nightingale talk
01.21- The Damned: Smash It Up / I Just Can't Be Happy Today [1979]
01.22- Andy Kershaw talk
01.23- The Ramones: Rock 'N' Roll High School [1980]
01.24- Annie Nightingale talk
01.25- Public Image Ltd: Careering [1980]
01.26- Mark Ellen and David Hepworth talk
01.27- The Teardrop Explodes: Reward [1980]
01.28- Annie Nightingale talk
01.29- U2: I Will Follow [1981]
01.30- Nine Below Zero: Stone Fox Chase [1981]
01.31- Japan: Ghosts [1982]
01.32- Mark Ellen talk
01.33- Robert Wyatt: Shipbuilding [1983]
01.34- Mark Ellen and David Hepworth talk
01.35- REM: Moon River / Pretty Persuasion [1984]
01.36- David Hepworth talk
01.37- Simply Red: Holding Back The Years [1985]
01.38- Bob Harris talk (the final farewell) / closing sequence
43.01- Bruce Springsteen interview


Includes ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 08 Jul 1978 version] and a 25 Aug 1978 interview with Bob Harris.

Running time: approximately 292 minutes.

Comes in a 5.5x7.4-inch 6-panel digipak housed in a cardboard slipcase.


Back cover text:

The Old Grey Whistle Test was the UK's seminal live music show. When it was launched by the BBC in 1971 it was a unique platform for acts. During its run it featured performances from artists such as Elton John, Bob Marley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tim Buckley, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield to The Police, The Damned, The Ramones, U2 and REM.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the first show 45 outstanding performances from the wealth of the Whistle Test archive have been compiled on DVD, alongside 6 major interviews with John Lennon, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen. Some of the recordings have not been seen since they were first broadcast and this DVD offers a rare opportunity to enjoy highlights of this legendary show once again.

Also included are the show's key presenters -Richard Williams, Bob Harris, Annie Nightingale, Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Andy Kershaw- who share with us their reminiscences of the show, and an audio commentary by the show's founding producer Mike Appleton who takes us behind the scenes.

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